Archive for the ‘foreign language’ category

Learn a Language with Digital Books

March 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 18, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Unite For Literacy

(www.uniteforliteracy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website provides a unique way to discover the languages of the world. The purpose of the website is to “support beginning readers of all ages” and to “provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages.”

Because the books are easy readers and with the added availability audio feature, we think this would be a wonderful tool for early foreign language learners.

When arriving at the site, you will see a pop up window that asks for “Your Community” information such as country, zip or county which you can dismiss if you want. Unite for Literacy uses the information for studies. Book texts can be in English or Spanish. Click the pencil icon to choose which you want. Then select the “Narration” icon to choose the language in which you would like the stories read. The books available in that language will populate. After selecting the book you want, use the arrows to flip through the pages, and select the appropriate speaker icon for the language in which you wish to hear the story. In addition to English, Spanish, and French, other narration languages include: 

  • Native American languages
  • Danish
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • German
  • Italia
  • Vietnamese
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Arabic

And much more. This website could provide your beginning language student with some valuable practice and open up a new window into new vocabulary.

Count to 10 in Over 5000 Languages

January 14th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 14, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Numbers List

(www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12. NOTE: This site was not designed with children in mind; however, some kids may enjoy learning to count to ten in another language with parental assistance.)

 

At this website you can learn to count from 1 to 10 in five thousand languages – as long as you can read and figure out word pronunciations from text. (There are no audio clips here.) Even for those who might have difficulty, just seeing the amazing number of languages spoken on this planet is a social studies and foreign language eye-opener!

When you get to the site, select a language family from the drop down menu. You can further refine the languages shown by million-speaker languages only, living languages only, and/or dead languages only and even see only numbers 1-5 to simplify the chart. Once you hit the “List” button, a table is created with the numbers from 1 to 10 written in the many languages included in the family. Click the links above the tool to learn about the language families for the numbers list and writing systems. Also select the “Sources” link to understand the symbols in the chart.

Learn Russian For Free

December 17th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 17, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Russian Language Lessons

(www.russianlessons.net/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

If your high school student is interested in learning Russian as a foreign language elective, then this site might just be the ticket to get started. Currently there are eighteen lessons but, per the information on the website, more are being added regularly.

When arriving at the site, read over the information on the home page to get an idea of the site’s purpose then get started using the links on the left-hand side bar. Lessons include: 

  • Getting Started
  • Russian Alphabet
  • Russian Handwriting
  • Numbers
  • Basic Phrases
  • In a Bar/Cafe
  • Verbs/Pronouns
  • Nouns
  • I Love…
  • Places (in/at/on)
  • Family
  • Genitive Case
  • Plurals
  • Language Review
  • Dative Case
  • Instrumental Case
  • Past Tense
  • Verbs of Motion
  • Most Used Words
  • Russian Apartments
  • Advanced – Parallel Texts

There are also pages that explain grammar rules, various vocabulary pages and even an English-Russian dictionary tool. All lessons provide textual explanations and half of the lessons include audios, with more promised for the future.

This website is a wonderful place to either begin learning the language or to fine-tune already learned skills.

Interactive Foreign Language Games

October 15th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 15, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital Dialects

(www.digitaldialects.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive online games that help foreign language learners acquire basic language skills in a relaxed and fun way. Audio files have been incorporated into some of the animations so you can hear the correct pronunciation of the words and sentences.

As explained at the website, you’ll find “The world’s major languages, with a cross-section of languages from diverse regions,” represented including: 

  • Arabic
  • Bosnian
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch/Dutch Advanced
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French/French Advanced/French Geography
  • German/German Advanced/German Geography
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian/Italian Advanced
  • Japanese
  • Maori
  • Norwegian
  • Polish/Polish Advanced
  • Portuguese – European & Brazilian
  • Russian/Russian Advanced
  • Spanish/Spanish Advanced/Spanish Geography
  • Swahili
  • Turkish/Turkish Advanced
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • And many more!

When you get to the site just click on the language of choice. A new page opens with a selection of games.

Some languages have more than others and the menu may include: 

  • Animals
  • Clothing
  • Colors
  • Days and Months
  • Food
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Numbers
  • Phrases & Greetings
  • Units of Time
  • Verbs
  • Verb Conjugation
  • Vocabulary

Geography games that help familiarize learners with the locations of cities in countries are included for just a few of the major languages.

This is a terrific educational tool to enhance learning foreign languages.

Say Hello to the World in Many Languages

September 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, September 3, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Say Hello to the World

(www.ipl.org/div/hello/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website cleverly offers the visitor an opportunity to learn how to say “Hello” in many of the over 7,000 languages of the world – everything from Aleut to Zulu.

This is a great place for foreign language beginners to sample various languages to determine which ones they might like to learn how to speak. The format is simple. You click on the language you want to try and a new page opens where you’ll see: 

  • The word “Hello” in that language
  • A pronunciation key
  • Words in English from that language
  • The alphabet of the language
  • Links to free lessons on learning the language – including audio and video files
  • Information about the culture

Some of the languages include: 

  • Arabic
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mayan
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Zapotec

Non-verbal Languages include Braille and Sign Language.

Bookmark this site now to return often. (However, please note that the site is no longer updated and some of the links are broken.)

Foreign Language Practice through Games

April 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 30, 2016, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Internet Polyglot

(www.internetpolyglot.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Internet Polyglot offers a variety of free interactive lessons and games to help you practice over 35 languages by memorizing vocabulary words and their meanings along with phrases and simple sentences.

Due to the large amount of content on this site, it may require a minute or two to fully load. Then, in the center of the page, read the descriptions for the tools that are available on the site and the instructions on how to use them. It will make overall navigation much easier.

Select the language you want to learn from the language menu on the left side of the page. A new page opens that displays all of the vocabulary lessons (includes audio) that cover topics such as animals, weather, transportation, food, money, shopping, education, entertainment, numbers, colors, clothing, time, and much more. You can also access: 

  • Tutorial Slide Show – Watch pictures of objects and hear the word that describes them pronounced by a narrator. This is sort of like virtual flash cards.
  • Guessing Game – A word is displayed and you select the correct definition.
  • Typing Game – A word is displayed and you type in the correct translation.
  • Matching Game – Drag-and-drop the translations that match displayed words.

You can play-and-learn all of these games for free on this ad-supported website.

Note: There were not a lot of ads on our visits to the site. However, the ads are randomly generated, so, parents AS ALWAYS should preview the site and supervise use of it.

You must register (free) to create your own lessons, save your results, and customize the activities as desired.

As the website explains, Internet Polyglot assumes that users already have some experience and knowledge of a foreign language prior to using the activities at the site. It is intended as a supplement to a foreign language program – not as the sole method for learning a language.

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